A New Series: Inspired by the Dominican Republic

January 9, 2014

It’s 2014. And I have not been in touch for a long long time. Why? You may ask. Well, I was on vacation. As simple as that but I missed you sooo much. I really did.

I needed to take some time off and spend quality time with my family in my beloved Dominican Republic but I am so sorry I didn’t get to say good by and even more sorry that it took this long for me to be back. The good news  is that I am now fully charged and I have so much to share with you. It’s crazy how many pictures I took and I want you to be part of my travels by sharing them through the blog.

I have been wondering how can I share all of the pictures and still post recipes too and I’ve come up with the idea of creating a sub-series under Lunes Latino that will be focused solely on recipes inspired by my travels in the Dominican Republic. Does such thing exists? a sub-series? anyway… you all know how much I enjoy sharing recipes with a Latin flare and telling you all about my culture, so this “sub-series” will be perfect as there is nothing I enjoy eating more than Dominican Food.

To start let me share some pictures to wet your appetite about what will come. *Disclaimer: I already shared some of these pictures through my instagram account (make sure you follow me there too) but for those of you that already follow me on instagram, and may have seen these, there are a bunch of bonus pictures at the end.

Enjoy and PLEASE tell me – which is your favorite picture?

Arriving to Playa Rincón

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Little L gives me a foot massage while I soak up all the sun and enjoy that amazing view

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Seafood grilling while we enjoy the beach

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Rum Brugal is the number one choice for Dominican Rum and I spiked my Piña Colada with it

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Our family created so many great memories during this trip

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This is a river called Caño Frio which ends in Playa Rincón

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This is an altar with the virgin of the Dominican Republic, Virgen de la Altagracia

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We visited Haiti and it was heart breaking

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These are dirt cookies sold at the Haitian market for 5 cents

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Here a Haitian woman seasons goat meat that will be cooked for dinner

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I got to see how casabe gets made – this is the oven where casabe gets cooked

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The sights and smells of the country side where really incredible

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The colors of the houses are so bright and inviting

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Having coffee with this view was my treat every morning at my parent’s home

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What about this view? incredible food and incredible surroundings at AltaVista Restaurant

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I tried the best lasagna in the world at AltaVista Restaurant – I will for sure try to recreate it

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Even their desserts were heavenly

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This is a typical Dominican breakfast: mangú (boiled and mashed green plantains) + fried salami

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One of my passions back home was to ride horses

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I spent a whole morning riding and ended up in the river so the horse could have some water

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I needed to get refreshed as well

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If you visit the DR you must take a stroll through la Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo

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One of my favorite beaches was Cayo Arena – it was paradise

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I got to spend Christmas there – white sand Christmas!

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The number one Dominican beer is Presidente – make sure you try one if you visit

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I loved photographing real people out on the street like this street vendor serving frio frio

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BONUS – NEVER BEFORE SEEN PICTURES

The water on the beach at Cayo Arena was so clear you could see the fish

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Sunset at AltaVista Restaurant in La Vega Dominican Republic was breathtaking

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This is the best way to cook sancocho

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Wondering what is sancocho? Here it is! The staple Dominican meat and root vegetable stew

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Remember the picture with a brick oven used to cook casabe? well this is casabe! a yuca bread that is crunchy

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Here is the fish fry I ordered at Playa Rincón

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And here is the grilled seafood platter Mr. B. ordered at playa Terrenas

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Traditional Dominican breakfast is served even in forma events – that’s how much we love it!

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Some food we love might be a bit out there for others, like pigs feet anyone?

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Sweet water crab or Jaiba as we call it, is a favorite and my mom cooks it  best!

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The fruit there tasted so sweet and it was so juicy – who does not love pineapple by the pool?

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These baby bananas were the cutest!

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Can you believe the size of this grapefruit variety? This slice was bigger than my hand!

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What I loved the most where the passion fruit – the color and flavor was so intense

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If you think I look cool on a horse, take a look at my brother – he is the real deal!

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One day I got burned and my dad took me God knows where to get cured with the drips from a tree

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It was hard to look at the goats and know one of them was going to be dinner that night

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One thing I admire the most about Dominicans is our faith – this sign reads: Trust in God!

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But the best part of the whole trip was to share with my family – they are fun and I love them!

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